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January 07, 2014 | Glenn Clark

5. Joe Smith and Keith Booth’s first game at Maryland/freshman season (November 26, 1993)

Smith and Booth came to College Park as highly touted freshmen and would live up to the hype immediately. They combined to score 38 points to lift Maryland to an improbable 84-83 win over then #15 Georgetown at the Capital Centre in the first game of the ’93-’94 season. It was the most significant victory of the Gary Williams era at the time and set the tone for a team that would reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1988. Maryland would ultimately reach the Sweet 16 before bowing out, Smith would claim both ACC Rookie of the Year and National Freshman of the Year honors in the process.

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